Sioux Center, Iowa — A Hudson, South Dakota man was both injured an arrested after an accident on Sunday.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received the report on Sunday evening (5/6) of a field that had been damaged by a vehicle, near the intersection of Hickory Avenue and 400th Street, one mile east of Sioux Center.
A short time later the vehicle was located and stopped by a Trooper from the Iowa State Patrol. During the investigation it was found that 76-year-old Robert Dickie of Hudson, SD had been driving a 1996 Chrysler Town and Country minivan southbound on Hickory Avenue and had gone through the stop sign at 400th Street and into the southwest ditch of the intersection. Dickie had then driven through a planted corn field and then back on to Hickory Avenue, and had then left the area.
Dickie received minor injuries in the accident and was transported to the Orange City Hospital by the Iowa State Trooper.
The Chrysler minivan sustained about $3,000 in damages. The planted corn field, owned by Elmer Zommermaand, of Sioux Center sustained about $300 in damages.
Dickie was arrested for operating while intoxicated and failure to report an injury accident. He was additionally charged with failing to obey stop sign and failure to maintain control.
The Iowa State Patrol and Sioux Center Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office.
Hospers, Iowa — As many as 80 cattle owned by Galen Haack may have escaped overnight from a farm five miles due south of the southernmost Highway 60 Sheldon exit, on McKinley Avenue, or L26.
The loose cattle did cause one accident that we know of, just into Monday morning, at 12:30 AM.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 57-year-old Alan Oberloh of Worthington was driving a 2010 GMC Sierra pickup northbound on Highway 60 and struck two cattle in the northbound lane.
No human injuries were reported.
The GMC sustained approximately $10,000 in damages. Both cows were a loss and are valued at $600 each.
UPDATE, 7 PM 5/7/12: Even though we were told on Monday afternoon that all the cattle had been accounted for, we have just received word from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office that there are still cattle on the loose.
Sioux County Sheriff spokesperson Nate Huizenga says they don’t know how the cattle got out.
Rock Valley, Iowa — An Orange City man has been arrested on drug charges.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:15 AM, just into Sunday morning (5/6), one of their officers 49-year-old Evan Haarsma of Orange City.
The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on Highway 18, two miles west of Rock Valley. During the traffic stop, a deputy found that Haarsma was operating under the influence of a controlled substance and was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
He was charged with operating while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, both serious misdemeanors, and possession of drug paraphernalia and no valid driver’s license, both simple misdemeanors.
The Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.
Sioux Center, Iowa — A Tyndall, South Dakota woman was taken to the hospital after the strong thunderstorm winds flipped the semi she was driving onto its side near Sioux Center.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:20 PM on Friday (5/4), 67-year-old Cheryl McClintic of Tyndall, SD was driving a 2012 Kenworth semi‐truck and trailer southbound on Highway 75. Due to the strong winds and rain, McClintic turned into Natural Food Holdings, about a mile south of Sioux Center. The wind caught the semi‐tractor and trailer and overturned it on its driver’s side.
McClintic received minor injuries and was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.
The semi‐tractor and trailer sustained about $40,000 in damages.
The Sioux Center Fire Department, Sioux Center Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.
(Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office)
Orange City, Iowa — A man and a teenage boy from Orange City were taken to the hospital after an accident on Thursday (5/3) morning.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:25 AM, 38-year-old Brian Vande Kieft of Orange City was driving a 2006 Ford F-350 pickup westbound on 430th Street, a mile northeast of Orange City. Seventeen-year-old Caleb Nibbelink of Orange City was driving a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup southbound on Jay Avenue. The two collided in the intersection and entered the ditch where they both struck guy wires to a utility pole.
Vande Kieft’s vehicle rolled and both vehicles entered a creek.
Both Vande Kieft and Nibbelink were transported to the Orange City Hospital by the Orange City Ambulance for treatment of their injuries.
Vande Kieft’s vehicle sustained about $15,000 in damages. Nibbelink’s vehicle sustained about $10,000 in damages. The utility pole and guy wires owned by Midamerican Energy sustained about $1,000 in damages.
Vande Kieft was cited for failing to yield the right of way at an uncontrolled intersection.
The Orange City Ambulance crew assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.
Orange City, Iowa — A criminal charge against a Sheldon man has been dropped.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Leroy Raffaelli of Sheldon on March 30th, during a traffic stop on Highway 75, four miles south of Sioux Center. Raffaelli was accused of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.
According to court records, the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge levied against Raffaelli was dismissed by Sioux County Judge Dan Pluim on May 1.
KIWA News would like to remind all listeners that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.